'Maring' moves east; monsoon rain over PHL-A A +A
Sunday, August 18, 2013
RAINY weather prevails over the country on Sunday due to the southwest monsoon, while Tropical Depression Maring moved eastward away from northern Luzon, the state weather bureau said.
The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said Tropical Depression Maring was estimated at 470 kilometers (km) east of Itbayat, Batanes as of 4 a.m. Sunday.
Pagasa said Maring packs maximum sustained winds of 55 kilometers per hour (kph) and is moving east at 9 kph.
For Sunday, Pagasa said the whole country can expect "cloudy skies with light to moderate rain showers and thunderstorms."
The state weather bureau also said the southwest Monsoon may affect the seaboards of northern and central Luzon, Cavite, Mindoro Occidental and the western coast of Batangas, with waves from 3.4 to 4.5 meters high.
Pagasa's Hydrometeorology division also issued advisories on dams which opened gates. Magat Dam's (Ifugao-Isabela) water level is 191.68 meter, with one gate opened at one meter, as of 8 a.m.
Meanwhile, Benguet's Binga dam has four gates opened. It's current water level is 573.67 m. Angat and Ipo Dams of Bulacan, together with La Mesa Dam and the Ambuklao Dam all have four gates opened, Pagasa's Hydrometeorology division reported. (JK/SFP/Sunnex)